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Windows 7: AT&T to impose monthly usage cap for all DSL customers, begin May 2

14 Mar 2011   #1
Kari

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AT&T to impose monthly usage cap for all DSL customers, begin May 2

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by www.dslreports.com
Broadband Reports was the first to learn, and has confirmed with AT&T, that the company will be implementing a new 150GB monthly usage cap for all DSL customers and a new 250 GB cap on all U-Verse users starting on May 2. From March 18 to March 31, AT&T users are going to be receiving notices informing them of the change in the company's terms of service. AT&T spokesman Seth Bloom confirmed the news to Broadband Reports after we initially contacted him last Friday concerning a leaked copy of the upcoming user notification. According to Bloom, the cap will involve overage charges. However, only users who consistently exceed the new caps will have to deal with these charges.

This is how it will work: only users who exceed the new usage cap three times -- across the life of your account, not per month -- will be forced to pay these new per byte overages. Overages will be $10 for every 50GB over the 150 GB or 250GB limit they travel.
More: Exclusive: AT&T To Impose Caps, Overages - Notices To Go Out This Week, Capping Begins May 2 | DSLReports.com, ISP Information
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14 Mar 2011   #2
Darician

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Damn them to hell! I certainly hope this doesn't impact business customers such as myself because then I will be royally pissed.
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14 Mar 2011   #3
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

I just hope they don't introduce caps here. I normally always have streaming IPTV from my native Finland in one display, so I am always using a lot of bandwidth when online. Even I'm not using the best possible stream quality, my usage is huge. Here, just a few moments ago, 15 seconds of my totally normal usage:



Over 10 MB in 15 seconds. All the time when I'm online. Just for TV stream.

Kari
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14 Mar 2011   #4
spinifex

 
 

Would they be breaking any contracts, or have they got something in the fine print that states "We can do whatever we like".

Thank goodness we have a monthly 1TB account here DownUnder, as 150GB would not do us.
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14 Mar 2011   #5
Darician

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by spinifex View Post
Would they be breaking any contracts, or have they got something in the fine print that states "We can do whatever we like".

Thank goodness we have a monthly 1TB account here DownUnder, as 150GB would not do us.
Wouldn't be surprised if deep in the fine print it says "terms of service can change without notice any time" or something to that effect.
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14 Mar 2011   #6
exodusdan

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Sounds like the Joan Collins special to me =/
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14 Mar 2011   #7
19ramman85

Win7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by spinifex View Post
Would they be breaking any contracts, or have they got something in the fine print that states "We can do whatever we like".
Yeah - wouldn't surprise me, in all that mumbo-jumbo, legal-eagle, gooblety-gook leaggaleese!

Remember - being a big corporation, surrounded by millionaire lawyers - they sure are going to write stuff up, that benefits - "the company", and - "not", US CONSUMERS!

-charles
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14 Mar 2011   #8
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It's sad, but 250GB a month is a huge amount. Prior to me streaming anything from Netflix, I bet I didn't average more than 5GB a month on internet usage (on average). Need to actually put a monitor in place to see what my streaming habits pull through the wire.

I'm also not on AT&T, or Comcast....but am sure that my ISP will limit like all others in due time.
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14 Mar 2011   #9
Fayla

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

Hm, this just reminds me of how multimedia and its streaming technologies are far advanced in comparison to the average network infrastructure found in most countries.

If my ISP applied a cap like this, i wouldn't be bothered, since I rarely get over the 120MB usage per day. Of course, legal and illegal video downloaders would be up in arms about it.
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14 Mar 2011   #10
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Does anybody know if this counts uploads as well as downloads, or is it just an upload limit. I cannot find anything direct from AT&T and such on the matter.

I'm just wondering about the possibility of cloud computing as it relates to bandwidth.
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